Dr Mundo set for next League of Legends rework in 2021 - Dexerto
League of Legends

Riot confirms Dr Mundo set for next League of Legends rework

Published: 5/Jun/2020 3:21

by Isaac McIntyre


Dr. Mundo is officially set to be the next League of Legends champion to undergo a major game and visual rework, Riot developers confirmed on June 4. The long-awaited overhaul for the Madman of Zaun is penciled in for a 2021 release.

The iconic bruiser has paved his way in League over the past 10 years by declaring that he always “goes where he pleases,” no matter what. Well, as it turns out, where old Dr. Mundo wants to go is straight into Riot’s redevelopment studio.

The Madman of Zaun was first added to the title back in September 2009, alongside other beta-release champions like Maphite, Janna, and Blitzcrank. In the past 11 years, he’s had only minor tweaks to his ability pool.

Dr. Mundo is finally set for a League of Legends VGU overhaul, after 11 years on the Rift.
Riot Games
Dr. Mundo is finally set for a League of Legends VGU overhaul, after 11 years on the Rift.

“The next champion update will be none other than the Madman of Zaun himself, Dr. Mundo,” Riot lead champion producer Ryan ‘Reav3’ Mireles said in the latest Champion Roadmap update in June.

Mireles confirmed Mundo was penciled in for a 2021 release. “This project is very early in development at the moment, and is scheduled for 2021,” he said.

He also admitted players were likely to see “a few more new champs” between the new marksman and Dr. Mundo’s rework. More gameplay, narrative changes, and art updates would be unveiled in the coming weeks, he added.

What could the Dr. Mundo VGU in 2021 look like?

The League of Legends development team didn’t offer too many clues into how they would be changing the hulking top lane titan. Riot balance teams have spoken in the past, however, about the changes they would make for Dr. Mundo.

Former lead designer Colt ‘Ezreal’ Hallam, who has now pivoted to R&D, suggested Mundo would never “drastically change” in any update. Riot had landed “pretty well” on the “cool niche” the champion fills, he explained.

Dr Mundo's outdated splash arts and in-game graphics will get a modern tweak in the 2021 rework.
Riot Games
Dr Mundo’s outdated splash arts and in-game graphics will get a modern tweak in the 2021 rework.

“The core of his kit has stayed remarkably consistent over the years,” Hallam said in the Riot dev blog ‘The Making of the Madman’. “Mundo performs well as a poke-tank, takes damage in unique ways, and he obviously goes where he pleases.”

Riot concept artist Edmundo ‘odnumde’ Sanchez also revealed the main thing development would want to fix for Mundo would be “his lack of depth regarding background”. He would also see a “visual polish” as with all VGU reworks.

Dr Mundo LoL rework release date

Riot did remain quiet on when the Madman of Zaun would actually be released, beyond confirming a 2021 window. Considering Fiddlesticks’ overhaul, and more recently Volibear’s VGU, took nine months, it could be early next year.

That timeframe would place Mundo’s re-entrance onto the Rift as an updated champ around the same time as the past two reworks, which makes sense. For now, tentatively mark your calendars for a Q1 2021 release.

League of Legends

T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.